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The Role of International Student Mobility and Language Policies in the Process of Internationalization of Higher Education: The Case of Turkey

The Role of International Student Mobility and Language Policies in the Process of Internationalization of Higher Education: The Case of Turkey
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Author(s): Aylin Göztaş (Ege University, Turkey), Emel Kuşku Özdemir (Ege University, Turkey) and Fusun Topsümer (Ege University, Turkey)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 27
Source title: Policies and Initiatives for the Internationalization of Higher Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Fatoş Silman (Cyprus International University, Cyprus), Fahriye Altinay Aksal (Near East University, Cyprus) and Zehra Altinay Gazi (Near East University, Cyprus)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5231-4.ch008

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Abstract

The current study, based on the quantitative research approach, is structured on the basic question of whether participation in exchange programs and foreign language variables affect attitudes towards intercultural communication sensitivity. The research, which was conducted with the participation of university students from seven different geographical regions and from different educational fields, provides findings that support the existence of a relation between the contact with a foreign culture and language. Learning about different cultures and learning a foreign language in interaction with the culture reinforce individuals' language skills and improve their awareness about different cultures. Furthermore, it is remarked that the participants who acquired a foreign language through participating in an international exchange program are more confident and responsible in their interactions compared to the other group.

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